Maker Educator, Summer Tech Mentor – Coding Program Development Specialty
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MAKER EDUCATOR, SUMMER TECH MENTOR

Coding Development Program Speciality | FULL TIME

 

Applications due: Rolling deadline, early applications encouraged
Target start date: June 2019


 

STEAMLabs is looking for a Summer Technology Mentor – Coding specialty to join our team!

 

Compensation is $14.50+ / hour depending on skills and experience. The focus of this job will be to develop coding, AI and machine learning programs, workshops and activities for use in schools, science centres, libraries, makerspaces and other settings.

About STEAMLabs:

Steamlabs is a not for profit education-innovation organization creating science and technology literacy and access in science centres, schools, libraries and makerspaces through exploration and creativity. We believe that science and technology literacy and access enables our individual creativity, the decentralization of innovation, and the participatory co-creation of the world we want tomorrow.

 

Job Description:

Your passion is to help students develop creative, technical and personal skills through hands-on interest-lead learning. You have machine learning coding skills.

 

You are a creative and energetic person who likes working with others. You celebrate failures, are comfortable in controlled chaos, and value the process over the product. You’re organized, flexible, and interested in growing your own learning and teaching practice.

 

Your job will be to develop coding, AI and machine learning programs, workshops and activities for use in schools, science centres, libraries, makerspaces and other settings. These will be hands-on, with the learners using real tools such as manipulating actual machine learning models. They will collect, organize and classify data, choose and tune machine learning models, and fine tune the outputs.

 

For example, one activity we’re currently developing is a superhero generator. In this half-day workshop for grade 6, kids will be given example code that will generate superhero portraits and origin stories. They will then be given a challenge to generate a superhero that we know the model has been trained to exclude such as a green suited superhero with fire control powers. They will then need to find more example picture and text data online to add to the training set. They will also need to modify the code to remove some hard-coded biases. Finally, they will format the outputs to generate a set of “baseball cards” with everyone’s superheroes for printing to take home.

 

In this way, the kids will have learned the basic steps that a data scientist would take to train, optimize and make use of a machine learning model. We will also facilitate discussions about bias built into the models and show them how they need to look under the hood of AI to uncover these biases and speak up about them.

 

The core skills of your job include:

  • Python
  • Tensorflow
  • Experience with machine learning models such as image classification like nearest neighbor, image generation such as GANs, natural language processing such as transformers
  • Experience teaching and/or developing educational programs and activities

 

Our participants include people with diverse backgrounds. Special consideration will be afforded to applicants from these communities, or with experience working with:

  • Persons with disabilities
  • Newcomers to Canada (including refugees)
  • Indigenous peoples
  • Members of a visible minority
  • Members of the LGBTQ2 community
  • Women and girls

 

Work hours are 9:00 to 4:00 Monday to Friday.

 

You will work at one of our locations – The Centre for Social Innovation at 192 Spadina, the Maker Bean Cafe at 1052 Bloor St W, the Ontario Science Centre at 770 Don Mills road, or at other locations of our programs and events.

 

Please Note:

Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy, which is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young people between the ages of 15 and 30, particularly those facing barriers to employment, get the information and gain the skills, work experience and abilities they need to transition successfully into the labour market.

The program provides wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector, and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.

In delivering on these objectives, the Government of Canada aims to ensure that youth job opportunities funded by the program take place in an environment that respects the rights of all Canadians.

These youth summer work experiences represent important pathways facilitating future transitions to the workforce.

 

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with STEAMLabs staff to document and develop coding educational programming
  • Collaborate with the team to develop processes better processes and services
  • Complete other operational tasks that relate to your role (e.g. organization and sourcing materials)

Bonus Skills & Experience:

  • Experience with more technology, making or artistic skills
  • Knowledge of popular education, interest/project based learning, inquiry based learning, or other teaching philosophies.
  • Familiar with design software such as Adobe Illustrator or 3D design programs
  • Fluent French speaker. Some of our participants speak French as their first language.

Why work with us?

  • We’re a small, agile team of friendly people with varied skills and experiences.
  • We’re a relatively new organization, so there are still lots of ways to contribute to it’s shaping!
  • There is plenty of opportunity to learn, grow and try new things.
  • The STEAMLabs Community (members, volunteers, program participants and otherwise) are awesome, and a pleasure and privilege to work with and for.
  • We’re a workplace that embraces failure as the most potent form of learning!

Compensation:

 

Compensation is $14.50+ / hour depending on skills and experience

 

How to apply:

Please send a resume, cover letter, and any relevant links via this form: https://bit.ly/2UFxnNS

 

Note: We also strive to maintain a diverse and inclusive workplace and encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and disabled persons. You are welcome to self-identify in your application.